2011 Mount Edward Estate "Muirkirk Vineyard" Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago SKU #1297216


RC 95 BC 92 RP 92
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Winemaker's Notes: "Muirkirk Pinot Noir gives you a very textural wine, plenty of breadth and depth, with slightly darker flavours associated with bannockburn yet with elegance and lightness that our Mount Edward house style brings. An elegant wine, 2011 brings a lighter more delicate style than warmer years. Defintly a wine for people who enjoyed grace over concentration We have held this wine back for later release, by doing so the wine has gone from pure fruit with light tannins to a savoury and more herb driven wine, lots of funk developing. A super interesting and more old world than new world style pinot. No filtration or fining, deposits may form. Muirkirk vineyard is situated on Felton Road in Bannockburn on a gentle north west sloping corner. This wine is about single site expression, a small limited parcel that shows the true characters of our vineyard within one of Central Otago’s greatest sub regions."

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  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    This Pinot is loaded with flavors, depth, personality and place. The vineyard of origin is at a very high mountainous elevation in Central Otago, which is quite cold, but still receives unimpeded sunshine through the thin atmosphere. What results is phenolic magic. It has beautiful, rich fruit flavors of blueberries, cola berries, blackberries and cherries with hints of fresh thyme, dried coriander and wild game — and cool-climate acidity that provides the wine a fresh vigor. This is an absolute steal for a single-vineyard Pinot of this caliber and age.​
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    Today we had the pleasure of tasting with winemaker/proprietor Duncan Forsyth, and this was one of the real surprises of the line-up: a recently re-released bottling of single vineyard Pinot Noir. Savory, with aromas of dark fruit and an appealing, gamey quality, the wine also has quite a bit of concentration, structure and savor on the palate, all in terrific balance.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    Here is a fantastic Pinot just beginning to show secondary nuances due to several years of bottle age. This starts out with leesy aromas of wild raspberries, dried herbs and bright flavors of red berries. The savory finish has mature flavors of muted red fruits, persistent length and shows wonderful development.


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